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Adapted from this recipe.

The dry

1c flour (self rising? WHO KNOWS?)
1/2 c cranberries
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2T white sugar
Pinch of salt
1T butter (generous...closer to 2 tbsp probably)

The wet

1t vinegar+milk to make 1/2c

Sift the dry together and then mix with the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs or sand.

Stir in the wet a little at a time until it becomes scone dough.

Form into a 1" thick circle and slice into 6 wedges.

Cook on a hot buttered griddle until golden brown and fully cooked, about 5 minutes a side. DO NOT GO DO SOMETHING ELSE THEY WILL BURN. Serve with butter and orange marmalade.

The verdict: Burned but tasty nevertheless.
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I'm craving some feedback and want to maybe dive/back into another/new fandom and I think the best way to do that is to target/consume fandoms that I know have a population of more than...5.

(I think it might be Dragon Age? But I've got 3 games to play through before I'll feel comfy writing things.)
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This year I recieved 3 gorgeous, wildly different Anne of Green Gables stories, that are all wildly different from each other, perfect in their on specific way, perfectly catered to my taste, and are somehow channeling L.M. from beyond the grave.

AND there's another one in the madness collection! ♥

The most perfect missing scene:

Patty's Place on a Wintery Friday Evening (1331 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley, Anne Shirley & Philippa Gordon
Characters: Anne Shirley, Aunt Jamesina (Anne of Green Gables), Gilbert Blythe, Philippa Gordon, Stella Maynard, Priscilla Grant
Additional Tags: Winter, Missing Scene

It's been snowing all day and the women of Patty's Place don't expect anyone to call even though Friday is their usual "at home" evening. They're wrong. This is just a little missing scene.

The most perfect canon divergence AU:

all the stars align (2024 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley
Characters: Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Diana Barry
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, What-If, 5 Things, Yuletide, Getting Together, Time Skips, Love Confessions

Gilbert never called Anne “Carrots”, and she never broke the slate over his head.

(aka a canon-divergent “what-if” story, told through five snapshots.)

The most perfect IN SPAAAAACE AU:

Moonstone and Muslin (1665 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Anne Shirley
Additional Tags: Orphanage, Yuletide Treat, Alternate Universe - Space

Sometimes, things that sound as though they ought to be wonderful turn out to be terribly disappointing. Being sent to live in a satellite is definitely one of those things.


Dec. 11th, 2014 06:54 am
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[community profile] getyourwordsout has a new 75k-for-the-year level coming in 2015 if you wanna join, put in place to help make the community more accessible.


Dec. 3rd, 2014 07:26 pm
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LJ appears to have reinstated a subject field for comments. This is exciting to me.

(December talking meme to come. I've been spending a lot of my time on neopets and /r/neopets recently.)

(that's basically what I use reddit for: /r/neopets and /r/eatcheapandhealthy)
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On every trip home I've ever taken since 1998, the actual travelling portion of the trip has been a complete and total clusterfuck, due to my parents inability to act like adults. (also: bad luck, with things like my pilot not being allowed to fly because he hadn't slept that led to missed connections &c and iced over runways with no equipment on the ground that meant I got to spend the night in the atlanta airport.)

(I remember the trip where my mom wouldn't let me pack an extra book--I'd taken two doorstoppers with me and wanted three--and then I ended up finishing my last book ten minutes into my return flight.

And then we got a flat tire 75 miles from home, and got to wait for 4 hours with nothing to do for entertainment while AAA too their sweet time coming out. Because my mom was So Sure that I wouldn't finish my book.)

So THAT is why I'm a giant ball of stress about getting out to my folks' place on Monday.
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days )

Why the heck not. Can use the ask/reblog on tumblr to ask a thing, too.
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Four reads in.

Hot damn.
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Is it okay to harvest plot ideas/inspiration for stories from existing media?

How about in a fic exchange? I mean, on the one hand: everything has already been done at least once, but on the other ... fandom IME can be weirdly passionate about never using someone else's ideas ever. (Does it count if it's an idea from a commercial source? If it's so high-level that only people who'd seen the original would recognize the remake if the newer version doesn't hang a lampshade on it, like the salami-slicing plot in Office Space?)

Anyone? Bueller?
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It's downright startling how happy a new set of measuring cups and spoons makes me.
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Possibly last night I stayed up until one in the morning reading Anne's House of Dreams and then cried over the ending.

That hasn't happened in a while.

(I'm now officially finished with 4/8 books and I'm not sure I know how to handle that.)

Why did L.M. Montgomery have to die? Why do writers have to be mortal like the rest of us? WHY?

In other news I pared yuletide down to 3 requests and 5 offers, all fandoms I feel fairly solid in an dearly want to receive, and am hoping that assignments go out early next week. (I dropped Old Kingdom as a request because I think I'd really rather write it than read it.)
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Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
The Green Hornet (TV)

Read more... )
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Even thinking about pulled them INCREASE ANXIETY lever -- why do we even HAVE that lever? -- up to Max.

It is a sign that I am healthier in the brain that I am actually wishing I were at geekgirlcon right now, instead of inside my house with netflix.
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I've put all but one of my windows down and opened the valve on my radiators.

I am wearing a hoodie and curled under a blanket.

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✔ Vulcan's Glory - D. C. Fontana
✔ Christopher Pike (Vulcan's Glory)
✔ Number One (Vulcan's Glory)
✔ Philip Boyce (Vulcan's Glory)
✔ Caitlin Barry (Vulcan's Glory)

#PLEASED #FandomsIWasNotExpectingToBeAccepted

Still waiting on

?! Realistic Modern Fantasy by originalhamlet et al (tumblr post)
?! Dragon Egg Hatching Live Tweeter
?! For the Vine Demon Summoner
?! Rune Tattoo Artist
?! Unloading a Magic Sword on Craigslist Guy

And of course, Garth Nix's Old Kingdom got accepted right away.


Sep. 30th, 2014 07:15 am
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I was going to yulenom the Legend of Sinbad (Dreamworks) but didn't because I am a dope.

So far only one of my nominations (Old Kingdom - Sabriel, Touchstone, Ellimere I, Terciel) has been accepted, with the others in limbo awaiting attention. This year's goal: get a draft out before December, spend the rest of the time writing Galaxy Rangers treats for the five people in the fandom, some of whom might also be participating. Other noms include The Matrix (Movies) (Hilariously no one nominated Neo - I nommed Trinity, Morpheous, Switch and Apoc; I'm going to rewatch this weekend I think.)

(I need to find two other fandoms I want just as much as GR & Old Kingdom.)

Hands up who's participating/excited/really glad it's fall? Also useful to me: Two 4-hour plane rides and a computer that currently has better than adequate battery life, although I may see if I can snag an external batt before I fly home.

Everyone doing NaNoWriMo: Fully 1/3 - that's 10 days - of November is comprised of weekend! (I have carefully made sure that I am spending 0 weekends with my family; flying in on Monday and out on Friday, the week of Thanksgiving.)

There is a universe in my head that conceptually is all [personal profile] staranise, from this post, the ember of which I am trying to keep aglow until November happens. Big plans, big plans.

Work is hectic as ever but it is nice to have stuff to do.
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In more joyous news, work surprise!brought in bacon pancakes on Friday, with bourbon whipped cream & honey butter. It was deelish. Also: New computer, which is fantastic -- I've spent the day getting used to the new keyboard, and the only thing that's still giving me trouble is the enter key, which I'd remapped on my previous machine when the original enter key stopped working.

Also, yuletide nominations go live on Monday! I'm excited about mine!


Sep. 15th, 2014 01:01 pm
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There's a file on my google drive - ~untitled document~ with a single line of text inside.

"the lesbian red masque of death"

I ... need to write that, huh?


Sep. 6th, 2014 09:06 am
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Going to a wedding in about ~3 hours, might be nice to have some interaction when I come back?

Give me a trope & I’ll tell you my thoughts on the trope you’ve asked me about and if I’ve written it myself, or if I ever would

Huddling together for warmth
Shag or die
Undercover in a gay bar
Pretending to be married
First time together
Forced to share a bed/fake relationship
Mind control
Mistakenly assumed to be gay
Let’s play truth or dare
Mary Sue fic
Curtain fic
Apocalypse fic
Someone has a baby
Telepathic soulbonding
Circus AU
Language barrier
Historical AU
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$2.34 - 2 pieces rotisserie chicken (breast & leg) ($7/chicken)
$1.59 - 1 can refried black beans
$1.09 - 7oz tin green salsa
$1.33 - 1 1/3 c shredded sharp cheddar
$1.99 - 6 tortillas
$8.34 - $1.39/burrito

Remove chicken pieces & shred finely, then mix in the salsa - you should use almost/the whole tin, depending on how large the chicken pieces are. Divide into sixths.

Smear 1/3 c refried black beans on a tortilla.

Smear 1/6 chicken mixture onto the beans.

Top with a handful of cheese.

Roll and warm in a skillet/oven/toaster oven until crisp, or microwave for 1-2 minutes on high fresh (depending on your microwave), or wrap in foil and freeze. From frozen: 30-45 minutes on 450 inside their foil wrapper.

Tastes like an upgraded version of the Del Taco green bean & cheese burrito, which is FANTASTIC for me due to I FUCKING MISS DEL TACO.


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